Super Bowl Odds 2014: Picking Interesting Prop Bets for Seahawks vs. Broncos

Alex Espinoza@AlexEspinozaIVCorrespondent IIIFebruary 1, 2014

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19:  Knowshon Moreno #27 of the Denver Broncos looks on against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 19, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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You can bet on anything these days. Looking at the latest prop bets from linesmakers online, it's hard to think you can wager actual money on some of these things. But God Bless America.

The oddsmakers over at have had a lot of fun in creating some special lines for Super Bowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos.

There was a time when prop bets were a fun way to spice up the action with side wagers during the game—things like who would score the first touchdown, create the first turnover and predicting the halftime scoreboard.

But it's 2014 and everything is fair game now. Here's the latest look at some of the most interesting prop bets open to bet on, along with some expert analysis heading into Sunday's game.


Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

Date and Time: Sunday, Feb. 2, at 6:30 p.m. EST

TV: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go


Will Knowshon Moreno cry during the singing of the National Anthem?

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Yes (+150)

No (-200)

This prop bet has probably received the most attention in the hype leading up to the Super Bowl. The Denver Broncos running back is known for being fiery on the field, but his crying ability became a national story in December. 

Before a regular-season contest against the Kansas City Chiefs, massive tears streaked down Knowshon Moreno's cheeks during the national anthem. Even comedian Kevin Hart tried his hand at a Moreno impersonation.

Now you can bet if he will have a repeat performance.

Being that it's Super Bowl media week, Moreno has already addressed the issue. Julian Linden of Reuters, via the Chicago Tribune, recently shared a quote from Moreno about his pregame emotions.

It will be through the roof. Listening to other guys who have been in this position before playing in the Super Bowl, it's a lot going on...

They say you have to hold your emotions down, you're going to be fired up, but there is so much going on that sometimes you've got to calm down. 

I think that will be my toughest battle, just being able to stay composed until the fires start burning down.

Don't know about you, but to me, that sounds like a man who's ready for a solid pregame cry. And as Linden noted, the game will take place about an hour north of where Moreno grew up in Belford, N.J.

Even though it might the underdog bet, if Moreno can cry like that for a game in Week 13, he can sure do it in the biggest football game of his life.

Verdict: Yes


How many times will "Beast Mode" be said during the game? 

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Over 2 (+110)

Under 2 (-130)

Of all the prop bets, this one seems like the best wager for football fans. Take the over.

Marshawn Lynch has been in the center of the media storm this week with his brief interview sessions and standoff-ish attitude. As such, commentators Joe Buck and Troy Aikman figure to say his name often.

I'm surprised that the oddsmakers at Bovada set the line at two for this phrase, which is often abused during broadcasts. Beast Mode dates back to an interview Lynch gave as a rookie back in 2007 along with the late Gaines Adams.

Since his run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2011 playoffs, Beast Mode has become a full-blown phenomenon. All it takes is one big run and you could easily reach the quota of two Beast Modes with some back-and-forth from Buck and Aikman.

Buck: "Wow, Troy, they call it Beast Mode for a reason, huh?"

Aikman: "Yeah, Joe, that was some Beast Mode for ya right there."

Then maybe Fox goes all out and does a little Beast Mode montage, the commentators mention it one more time and... boom. You're rich.

Verdict: Over


How many times will Peyton Manning say "Omaha" during the game? 

Over 27.5 (-140)

Under 27.5 (Even)

Ever since the AFC Divisional Round game against the San Diego Chargers, Peyton Manning's frequent "Omaha" call at the line of scrimmage has become a hot topic of discussion.

Old-school football tells you Manning is simply flipping the play ("Omaha" for opposite) every time he calls out the Nebraska city, but you never know with this crafty veteran. The call has become such a sensation that even the Denver International Airport has started listing departures and arrivals to and from Omaha!

More importantly, some intrepid folks have started donating money for every time Manning yells out Omaha.

So far in the playoffs, unofficial Omaha counts have Manning at 44 against the Chargers and 31 against the Patriots in the AFC Championship. Though the declining trend is worth noting, and Manning could have an entirely different vocabulary on Sunday, I think it's safe to say he hits at least 28 on THE Omaha counter.

Verdict: Over


Will any member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers be shirtless during their performance?

Yes (-175)

No (+135)

There are many factors which may point to no for this one. First of all, it's expected to be near freezing by halftime of the game in New York and these guys are in their early 50s now.

But this is the Super Bowl, and it would be totally rock n' roll if they at least braved the elements and went shirtless for a couple songs. Just as long as they wear more than socks.

Verdict: Yes


Will Michael Crabtree mention Richard Sherman in a tweet during the Super Bowl from kickoff until final whistle? 

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 19:  Cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks talks with the referee after being called for an unsportsmanlike penalty for taunting wide receiver Michael Crabtree #15 of the San Francisco 49ers late in the fourth quarte
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Yes (+300)

No (-500)

Michael Crabtree might have tweeted something about Richard Sherman following the NFC Championship game, but that's to be expected when the talkative cornerback calls you out on live national TV. Statistically, Crabtree isn't that much of an active tweeter, as he has sent out just four total dispatches in the past two weeks.

I just don't see Crabtree getting on his phone and sharing his thoughts about Sherman during the Super Bowl after a few weeks of relative inactivity.

Verdict: No


What will Bruno Mars be wearing on his head at the start of his halftime performance? 

Fedora (Even)

Fur Hat (+700)

Tuque (+500)

No Hat (+150)

A cursory Google Image search shows that the Fedora is certainly the go-to headwear of Bruno Mars. Then again, it will be pretty chilly at MetLife Stadium by halftime and Bruno night need to stay warm, so a fur hat would certainly do the trick.

I had to Google "Tuque" and that looks like the Canadian French way of saying "Beanie with long tassels," so I would avoid that one. Smart money says he sticks with the familiar Fedora as he performs for his largest audience ever.

Verdict: Fedora


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